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Online: Not Safe for Church and The Adept Church with Dr. Doug Powe
Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Central Standard Time

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THRIVE Presents: Not Safe for Church and The Adept Church with Dr. Doug Powe 

Virtually join Dr. Doug Powe as he leads a free workshop centering around two of his books, Not Safe for Church and The Adept Church in conversation with THRIVE's mission to inspire, support and educate Missouri leadership in the Black Church Tradition. 


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Not Safe for Church: Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations 
Douglas Powe, Jasmine Smothers 

Congregations say they want to reach new and younger people, many of whom are simply turned off by church. The big idea is that congregations must be willing to embrace radical ways to connect with new generations. Re-thinking old assumptions is a starting place but more is needed. To really connect congregations have to move beyond and start doing new things that are out of their comfort zones. 

These authors give ten ways to help you move from just saying what you intend to actually doing it.  This book provides tools to help churches re-frame the Good News in non-traditional ways and study questions for church leadership teams. 


View Not Safe For Church with Abingdon Press →

The Adept Church 
Douglas Powe 

A theologically grounded, yet practical, user-friendly guide for church leaders seeking to save their churches. A methodical, logical approach for strategic development and decision-making. A clear process for showing congregations how to define their reality, and a map showing the way to move forward. 

  • Offers a clear process to help congregations understand their situation by taking an honest "look in the mirror." 

  • Helps congregations build a realistic roadmap for moving forward. 

  • Illustrates how the status quo (institutionalism) is rewarded and that seeking transformation goes against institutionalism. 

  • Outlines what it means to be an adept church, a church that can navigate between a rock and a hard place because it makes decisions based upon where it needs to go and not where it is currently. 

  • Provides practical, first step for congregations to move forward. 

View The Adept Church with Abingdon Press →

About Dr. Powe 

F. Douglas Powe, Jr. is an ordained elder in the Baltimore/Washington Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. He is the Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership and professor of evangelism and of urban ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary. Powe is committed to helping urban congregations and congregations in transitional areas to flourish through community partnering. His research interest are church revitalization, urban theology and Methodist theology.  He holds an MDiv from Candler School of Theology and a PhD in systematic theology from Emory University.